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Recording the Great War : military archives and the South African official history programme, 1914-1939

dc.contributor.authorVan der Waag, Ianen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-06T07:34:33Z
dc.date.available2017-02-06T07:34:33Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationVan der Waag, I. 2016. Recording the Great War : military archives and the South African official history programme, 1914-1939. Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, 44(1):81-110, doi:10.5787/44-1-1163en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2224-0020 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1022-8136 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.5787/44-1-1163
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100583
dc.descriptionCITATION: Van der Waag, I. 2016. Recording the Great War : military archives and the South African official history programme, 1914-1939. Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, 44(1):81-110, doi:10.5787/44-1-1163.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.zaen_ZA
dc.description.abstractThe First World War marked a revolt against the traditional mode of official history as conceived and written by the General Staffs and taught at the Staff Colleges. After 1918, the publics in various countries, having experienced massed mobilisation and the impact of total warfare, demanded an explanation for the sacrifices so many had been called on to make. This more inclusive approach rejected the nineteenth-century, Staff College predilection for campaign narratives focussing narrowly on “lessons learned”. The South African tradition of official history dates from this period. This article outlines the creation of the first military archival organisation in Pretoria and analyses the South African First World War official history programme. It explores the apparent motives behind the programme and reveals the often-difficult relationships between the historians and their principals at Defence Headquarters and the tensions between the two modes of official history.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1163
dc.format.extent30 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherStellenbosch University. Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy)en_ZA
dc.subjectFirst World War 1914-1939en_ZA
dc.subjectMilitary archival organisation -- Pretoria -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectSouth African First World War history programmeen_ZA
dc.subjectWar memoryen_ZA
dc.titleRecording the Great War : military archives and the South African official history programme, 1914-1939en_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderStellenbosch University. Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy)en_ZA


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